Kitchen Sink Applesauce Quick Bread

Looking to use up that dried fruit or last teensy bit of nuts tucked away in your pantry? Well, then I have a recipe for you! Spare the lives of those tasty treats by using them in my Kitchen Sink Applesauce Bread.

I know what you’re thinking, “Sara, that’s weird, why name your recipe something so unappealing?” Oh friends, it’s because this recipe can really turn scraps and bits of food into something amazing. Yes, it’s true. Thanks to this month’s Recipe Redux theme, (make a darn good quick bread recipe), I found myself trying to think of something creative. Why? Well, because as you can see on the blog here, I’ve just posted a pumpkin quick bread recipe and a muffin recipe. Whoops, I seem to be on a starchy, sweet bread fix right now. But, oh well, I love quick breads and I love a good challenge, so I was on a mission.

Pantry Inspiration

Looking in my pantry for inspiration I noticed lots of little bags of things. A few handfuls of dried cranberries, a few rings of dried apple slices, a stale Twizzler…oh well, you get the point. I kept thinking, “there’s got to be something I can make from this stuff!” Well, the light bulb went off, not literally, but figuratively and I thought of the “kitchen sink” scenario. You know, the “everything-but-the-kitchen-sink” cookie? Just cram in a bunch of goodies to a great cookie dough base, and you’ve got an all-star cookie! Why couldn’t that work for a quick bread too? So, I set off to try it and, hallelujah, it was a success!

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The Kitchen Sink Applesauce Bread

So, here you go my friends! The Kitchen Sink Applesauce Bread, soon to become a favorite in your household. Use up your pantry goodies and make extra to package and send to friends and family for the holidays!

TIP: Don’t forget to chop up that dried fruit! I know, it seems crazy to be chopping up raisins and cranberries since they’re already so small. But here’s the deal, when you do that, you spread the sweet, dried fruit love throughout the bread. That means you get a tasty bit of everything in every slice. Plus, that also means you need less sugar in the batter. A great thing if you ask me!

Pretty Pics of The Kitchen Sink Applesauce Quick Bread

The dry ingredients

The wet ingredients

Whisk the dry ingredients together.





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Kitchen Sink Applesauce Quick Bread

  • Author: Sara Haas


Put it all in there! Start with the base recipe for this quick bread and then add whatever dried fruit and nuts you’ve got hanging out in your pantry. Delish and easy.


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, lightly scooped
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour, lightly scooped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup plain applesauce
  • 1/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed dried apples, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling


  1. Preheat the oven to 350’F and coat a 9×5-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, applesauce, milk, sugar, brown sugar and eggs until combined. Pour into flour mixture and stir gently to combine. Be careful not to over-mix.
  3. Fold in dried fruits and nuts and pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Top with Turbinado sugar and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


  • Use any mix dried fruit to make 3/4 cup, the options are truly endless! Just be sure to chop them before adding them.
  • Don’t have pecans? No worries, swap them out for another nut, or mix of nuts or mix of nuts and seeds. It will still be amazing!


  • Serving Size: 16
  • Calories: 166
  • Sugar: 15
  • Sodium: 167
  • Fat: 7
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 26
  • Protein: 3
  • Cholesterol: 24